These baby names are one-hit wonders in the U.S. baby name data. That is, they’ve only popped up once, ever, in the entire dataset of U.S. baby names (which accounts for all names given to at least 5 U.S. babies per year since 1880).
There are thousands of one-hit wonders in the dataset, but the names below have interesting stories behind their single appearance, so these are the one-hits I’m writing specific posts about. Just click on a name to read more.
Namath starred in a short-lived sitcom called The Waverly Wonders in 1978. His character was a retired pro-basketball player who now coached basketball at a fictional high school in Wisconsin. The show was heavily promoted by NBC, but ratings were poor, and only four episodes aired (three in September, one in October).
Joe’s family name, originally spelled Németh, is of Hungarian origin and means “German.”